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LAMPANG: Youths in the North have found a dangerous new way to impress the ladies: a home-made penis enlargement therapy using beeswax.

The new trend came to light when a 21-year-old unnamed man checked into hospital at the end of October with a badly infected member.

The man sheepishly told doctors that he had injected his penis with warm beeswax to pump it up to a more impressive size.

The trick worked perfectly at first, but after a few days his penis started to hurt. A nasty wound appeared where he injected the wax and continued to spread.

The young man told doctors that he bought a tube of beeswax ointment used to treat cuts.

He put it in hot water until it was soft enough, then injected it straight into his penis.

This was a very popular trick among Lampang’s young men, allowing them to gain an extra inch or so, he said.

Doctors operated on the young man. While they managed to save most of the infected penis, they had to remove some tissue.

When they are sure the infection is healed, they will transplant skin from another part of the youth’s body to try and restore his organ to its original appearance, doctors said.

As for whether the man’s penis would still be able to work as well as before the impromptu enlargement, doctors said it was too early to know.

Dr Sirichai Phataranuthaphon from Lampang Provincial Public Health Office implored youths in the province not to follow in the unfortunate patient’s footsteps.

Provincial authorities cannot legally prevent youths from trying to enlarge their genitals because it is their personal right, but they should be aware of risks that include infection and potentially fatal septic shock, he said.